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Plot: When seasoned comedian George Simmons learns of his terminal, inoperable health condition, his desire to form a genuine friendship causes him to take a relatively green performer under his wing as his opening act. Runtime: 146 mins Release Date: 31 Jul 2009
I'll start off by saying that I truly did not mind the length of this movie. There are no parts in it that I thought they could cut, or at least that I would have wanted to have been cut, and I guess that's how Apatow felt too.All of the characters served their purpose and had good character development, most of them great.Seth Rogen's character of Ira was my favorite, I think I loved his eagerness in doing the right thing. The airport? He had a great nature to him. . Jonah Hill was hilarious and in all the right spots in the movie, and I'm not usually big into his <more>
characters. I'm glad they made Jason Schwartzman as ridiculous but thoughtful as they did. There was good use of the Apatow daughters, and I thought that the Australian husband served a good purpose in telling one of the big points of the film. That's part of what made the film for me, the great personalities and placement of all the characters.Please go into this movie without expecting it to be something that it's not. It's a long, thoughtful film with a lot and I do mean a lot of laughs. A far cry from how some people are painting it out to be, but I guess they were expecting something else entirely.
"Funny People" is a realistic and stunning portrait of people all but completely ruined by life... (by MaximumMadness)
Judd Apatow's third directorial feature, "Funny People" starring Adam Sandler, Seth Rogen and Leslie Mann, is not really about the titled "Funny People", but more about how their lives have shaped them, and how they cope and try to change things.Yes, the writer/director of "The 40-Year-Old Virgin" and "Knocked Up" has turned in a decidedly more dramatic direction than his previous features, but if you are willing to go in with an open mind, the film does not disappoint. It is a touching, at times even heart-wrenchingly painful film, mainly because <more>
the realistic portrayal of its characters, and how corruptible they show the human condition as being.The film begins with George Simmons Sandler , a wildly popular comedian who has done everything from stand-up to cruddy movies including "Mer-Man" and the baby-body-swapping epic "Re-Do" , and has become quite shallow and empty from fame and fortune. When he learns he is suffering from a rare form of Leukemia, and is told he may die, he begins to break down. Eventually, during a rather morbid stand-up routine, he encounters struggling comedian Ira Wright Rogen , whom was his following act on stage that night.Although insulted at first by Wright's act, which mimicked his depressing routine, Simmons eventually hires him as an assistant and co-writer for his material, even giving him the opportunity to open for him.Their relationship as co-workers soon blooms into a pseudo-friendship, as Ira worships George, and George confides his secret with him. Here is where the movie gets interesting.Up until this point, Ira has been stuck with his friends Jonah Hill and Jason Schwartzman , two other comedians, but unlike them, his career isn't really going anywhere. Now, he has been presented with the opportunity of a lifetime, but because he is so starstruck by George, he doesn't necessarily recognize that the friendship is only one-way.The rest of the movie is a heartfelt struggle as George tries to rebuild his life, despite his life-threatening illness, including coming back into contact with "the one who got away" Leslie Mann in a fantastic performance , while Ira must come to terms with the fact that his new friend still has a lot of growing up to do.The film is quite exquisitely written and directed, and the characters come off as perfectly real. It's very interesting to see a movie in the comedy genre that has the guts to say "No, sometimes people don't change immediately", as Apatow does. The second half of the movie has some amazing scenes where we see how Ira and George's lives might turn out, as we ponder whether or not George will learn from his predicament or not.The performances all around are amazing. Sandler once again delivers a jaw-dropping dramatic role, as he had previously done in films such as the new classics "Punch Drunk Love" and "Reign Over Me." Rogen also shows he has some chops, delivering quite a stirring performance, and proving he isn't "just another funny guy." Mann has some amazing scenes herself, and in a way reminded me of people from my own past. Other supporting characters, including Hill, Shwartzman, Eric Bana as Mann's husband, Apatow's children Maude and Iris, Aubrey Plaza as Rogen's potential love interest and even the RZA as Chuck, Rogen's co-worker, all deliver strong performances.The movie also has numerous comedian cameos, as people who know and love George, including Sarah Silverman, Norm MacDonald, Charles Fleisher, Ray Romano and Andy Dick, all portraying themselves, which gives the movie another breath of realism.Apatow's growth as a filmmaker is also shown, as this is certainly his most "cinematic" movie to date. The composure of the shots is expert and the stirring musical taste really adds a lot to the film.And while the movies does border on a two-and-a-half-hour running length, like Apatow's previous film, I didn't mind at all... it was certainly the quickest two-and-a-half-hours I've experiences in a long time.Overall, the film is going to turn a lot of people off, with it's main focus being on drama, and not comedy, but if you are willing to open your mind, you will find an amazing tale to learn from and laugh with.For me, a perfect 10 out of 10, one of the best movies of the year so far.
Adam Sandler's best performance and Judd Apatow's best movie to date (by Jackpollins)
The new comedy, Funny People raises the bar on both Apatow and Sandler movie. Both of them nicely switch their roles around. While Apatow has been making mature movies with Knocked Up, The 40-Year Old Virgin, and Forgetting Sarah Marshall, this is way mature than any of those. Sandler, on the other hand has been making a lot of immature movies no offense, Adam, I love your movies . He now takes on a more dramatic role. Sandler plays George Simmons, a comedian who figures out he has ALM, a rare type of cancer. He hires a less famous comedian named Ira Seth Rogen to be his personal <more>
assistant. Ira feels bad when George only tells him about his disease. But George soon tells all his comedian friends to unexpectedly discover his medicine actually fought the disease off for the moment. He sucks in his ex-girlfriend, Laura the fantastic Leslie Mann with his disease. They soon fall in love even when he's not sick anymore. Laura's husband, Clark Eric Bana figures out. The movie is both sweet and funny, and such cameos as Eminem, Ray Romano, Andy Dick, Sarah Silverman, Aziz Ansari, and many more keep the laughs coming. This is definitely a movie worth checking out.
More Than Just Another Apatow Comedy (by cwood0609)
I'll start by saying that I am a Judd Apatow fan. I've loved most of his movies, including the two previous movies he's directed, The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Knocked Up. I've seen each many times, and they are two of my favorite comedies. This, however, didn't prepare me for his newest, Funny People. Apatow has become well known for his sweet, adult comedies, but this movie is very different from his others. I would almost call it a "funny drama." This has it's pros and cons. I don't think I laughed out loud as much as in either of the other two films, but <more>
what I got in return, is an actual good movie, that's actually ABOUT something.I liked Adam Sandler before I knew what a good movie was, as I grew up watching his lighter movies, like Waterboy, Happy Gilmore, etc. I've seen him so much that he ceased becoming an actor to me and actually reached a point of self-parody. His role as comedian George Simmons is perfect for him, because he's basically playing himself, to a point. He gives the performance of his life, even better than Punch-Drunk- Love. His portrayal is cold and confused, angry and hurt. It's what a comedian might truly be like when he's not on stage. He plays it perfectly, providing a likable character while at the same time showing us there might not be so much to like. He's the best part of this movie, and that's saying somethingThe supporting cast is great, as usual. Seth Rogan actually plays a different character than his other movies as Ira, who acts as a great foil to George Simmons. Jason Schwartzman and Jonah Hill provide some great comedic backup, including their hilarious fictional sitcom "Yo, Teach". In fact, a lot of the laugh out loud comedy from the film stems from the many supporting performances and cameos My favorites being Marshall Mathers and James Taylor . Eric Bana is very funny, and Leslie Mann gives an impressive performance as well.Funny People's only real problem is it's ambition, and that's definitely the best problem to have. It's nearly two and a half hours, and while I didn't have a problem with the length, it obviously had to end when it did, as there aren't many people who would want to sit through a three hour comedy. I wish it could have ran even longer, as some subplots weren't fleshed out nearly enough. I really liked the romance between Ira and Daisy Played by Aubrey Plaza, who is sweet and funny in every scene she's in , but it was rushed, and in the end cut short, which is a shame, because it's one of the best parts of the movie.Above all, this is a real movie. It's success doesn't just depend on the amount of laughs it receives. Thanks to Sandler and a thought provoking story, this is more than just another raunchy-sweet comedy. The movie will definitely divide people more than the others, and I'm not sure it will find as big of an audience. Judd Apatow has improved tremendously with each movie he's directed, and, despite his detractors, he's going to be the king of the comedy movie for a long, long time.
I give it a 9 out of 10.i love the real feel of it. there was no climax, no heartwarming resolution. sh*t just happened. It felt a little weird for a movie but they pulled it off. only bad thing for me was the length of the movie. there were slow parts but it didn't ruin it. It continued to be funny even until the end.SOOOO many guest stars. if you like seeing stars out of their natural habitat you will enjoy this. even youtube's Bo Burnum was in it.it was even odder that the audience wasn't really suppose to like the main character george . it was just a completely different <more>
type of movie that i can understand if some people don't get into it.I give it an A and i suggest it to all comedy fans. It definitely wasn't predictable... or unpredictable. You'll see.
Why Are People Not Enjoying This Film? (by ryanburt8)
This film is certainly not Apatow's best. It seems people are giving it a bad rep because its truth be told a little too long, but the length doesn't take away from the content. I think this film is an explanation about many comedians, not all, but many. It shows how comedy is often drawn from depression, inadequacies, a persons internal pains expressed through comedy. This film is fantastic in my mind, it contains the humor, along with the drama, and while it may not top "40 year old.." or "Knocked Up' it was wonderful. Expect some great cameos. great acting, <more>
enjoyable story-line, and the same Apatow crew that we now know and love. I give this film a 9/10 because it kept me interested, kept me laughing, and is a welcomed addition to Judd's resume.
Great mix of comedy, drama and a little bit of romance (by rogue3000)
I saw this movie yesterday in a preview and wasn't expecting a lot. Yet this movie seemed to be very funny and also moving at times. It is a great combination of comedy and drama and also a little bit of romance.Adam Sandler plays this stuck-up famous actor, but he finds out he is sick and maybe dying. He finds that he has lead a very egoistic lifestyle and doesn't have a lot of friends So he hires Rogen to be his assistant actually longing for a friend for his last weeks on this earth. Actually the scenes with his German/Scandinavian doctor when Sandler en Rogen are making fun of <more>
his accent are hilarious. In the movie I liked the sarcastic humor and the fact that Adam seems to play a sort of caricature of himself. I thought not all of the stand-up comedy scenes a lot of the main characters are actors/stand-up comedians are funny, but I saw the preview more than 2 hours , so maybe they will cut out a few scenes. I had a few loud laughs but also some teary eyes. It is a movie worth seeing, even if you are not into Adam Sandler.
I saw this movie last Wednesday at a free preview screening in Kingston Upon Thames. By the way I was encouraged to go I expected something more like Knocked Up or even the 40 year old virgin.Turns out that Funny People was actually both a very FUNNY film, about very convincing PEOPLE. Now the version I saw may be subject to further editing so there are a couple of jokes that don't fly and one or two short scenes that really should be cut but all in all this film was a very good example of contemporary comedy-drama and another step in the right direction for Rogan.More importantly, this <more>
is a return to form for Adam Sandler who hasn't made me laugh since Happy Gilmore. The character he plays in this film is very multidimensional and he carries off some difficult scenes extremely well. Yes, his character does lapse into making stupid noises for laughs but this is almost done ironically, like he is playing a caricature of his real life self. He plays a ridiculously successful comedy actor who has been in some crap movies that aren't funny but he does them for the money- one of which being him playing a man trapped in a baby's body. It is tasteless and stupid, and he knows this, yet people seem to love it. Ring any bells? Unsurprisingly, this character was written particularly for Sandler. One thing is very evident from this- he has grown up as an actor. Very reminiscent of Jim Carrey's transition from goofy though often hilarious face-pulling to serious, more subtle roles such as The Truman Show and Eternal Sunshine.One scene and this is not a spoiler is particularly rubbish, though I am positive that it will be in the final film. At one point about half way through Sandler and Rogan are at this bar chatting to lots of famous faces. We cut to Sandler sat at a table with Eminem with Eminem having this not-funny downbeat monologue about something not interesting enough to remember, then Rogan and Ray Romano turn up. Cue Eminem shouting at Romano and then the obvious punchline from Rogan to Romano... "I thought everybody loved you...?" This scene is just an excuse for a lame joke against Ray Romano which isn't even that funny. Eminem is boring as hell.The funniest scenes are those between Rogan and Sandler which there are many and particularly the many stand-up comedy scenes. Absolutely hilarious. Watch out for the one about Tom Cruise, David Beckham and Will Smith! Genius!I highly recommend this film. The trailers were absolutely terrible to the point that I almost sacked off this free screening all together but what I found was a very very very good film. You will not be disappointed
Funny People is exactly what the title is (by ctg0724)
Judd Apatow's movie consists of many of the problems that go on between human relationships. There is a lot of lying followed by bitterness, cheating followed by jealousy, backstabbing followed by ridiculing, the list goes on. Within these conflicts comes the success in Funny People. Adam Sandler, Seth Rogen, Leslie Mann and most of the characters find themselves in uncomplicated situations that require complicated decisions to make.Adam Sandler's character George Simmons has destroyed all of his relationships. He cheated on his lover and he abandoned his family. All he has left are <more>
fellow famous celebrities that he hangs with occasionally. With a terminal disease expected to take its course on him, it has become time to make sense of his life.Ira Wright, formerly Ira Weiner, played by Seth Rogen, has a tough time connecting with people due to how reserved he is. He can't lock in a girl any better than he can lock in a crowd. They may want to like him, they'll even give him a few swings at the bat, but he usually ends up short. This issue keeps him from matching up to his two roommates, who though not completely successful, do have their run of good fortune.After the two lead characters hook up when George hires Ira as an assistant, the rest of the story shows how one affects the other's relationships by their mere presence. George affects the turn of Ira's relationships with his roommates and possible girlfriend when he is invited to a Thanksgiving dinner. Ira influences the outcome of George's plans to rekindle with his beloved Laura. This all leads to a transforming of both men.Funny People works as a comedy and as a lesson teacher. All of the characters fill their lives with mistakes. These mistakes give them the personalities that make them so comic and fun to watch. To top it off, Seth Rogen, Leslie Mann and Eric Bana are all charming in this movie. Adam Sandler is terrific as he always is in the heavy comedies he gets in. He should stick to these films.Judd Apatow wins again. Go see this movie.